Being a mummy-in-the-making means all sorts of sacrifice. During this time, a mum-to-be can get so focused on making everything perfect for her little one that she can neglect her own health. But, a mum who cares for herself is also caring for her unborn child—that’s especially true when it comes to oral health.
Visiting your dentist will allow him or her to assess your current oral health and map out a dental plan for the remainder of your pregnancy. When you take care of your teeth and gums, it can potentially make a difference for your baby, both before and after birth.
Contributors to Declining Tooth and Gum Health:
It’s common for a future mum’s tooth and gum health to decline during pregnancy. To help you understand that, here are a few things that can cause problems:
How Mum’s Oral Health Can Be Traced to Baby’s Health:
Expectant mothers who brush their teeth thoroughly can reduce the risk of suffering dangerous complications in pregnancy and take a step towards reducing risk of future dental infection in their newborn baby. Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and after each meal when possible. You also should floss each day. Good nutrition keeps the oral cavity healthy and strong; sensible, balanced meals containing calcium and limited excess acidity and sugar are best for you and your baby’s oral health. More frequent cleanings from the dentist also will help control plaque and prevent gingivitis
A mom whose oral health isn’t great is more likely to pass aggressive and damaging bacteria to her newborn and that can cause trouble down the road. So, while eating the right foods, avoiding the wrong ones (e.g., sweets, cookies, and other sticky foods) and making all sorts of sacrifices to make their baby perfect, moms need to keep their oral health a top priority. And, make sure to visit your dental provider for regular check-ups.
It may not seem like it at the time, but when mum is brushing her teeth, she’s brushing for two!